Practice Areas

Criminal Compliance

Doing business in India is not easy, owing to the heightened risks that companies face by virtue of corruption - however neither is India a business opportunity to be missed. As the risks are mounting, so is the involvement of criminal law and penalties. Preventive measures are thus the best solution. With a well drawn-out criminal compliance programme, these risks can be tackled and opportunities that India offers, realised.

At MZM Legal we are committed to mitigating the risks that our clients might face from a corruption or bribery perspective and to ensure that they can conduct business in India ethically, and in compliance with local and foreign laws. The MZM Legal team brings to the table its vast criminal law know-how, with a special focus on anti-corruption laws in this case. We have an extensive experience in working on Indian anti-corruption laws as well as foreign anti-bribery laws, including the U.S. FCPA, U.K. Bribery Act, and other similar leglislations penalising foreign bribery. Our lawyers have worked with foreign legal counsels in multi-jurisidictional matters and have advised foreign governments and multilateral development banks on compliance related matters as well.

Our approach to criminal compliance is to constantly analyse risks that companies face in India, including third party risks and create tailor made compliance programs to meet the specific requirements of each client. In addition to this we also prepare our clients for investigations by collecting information, reviewing their existing compliance programs, providing compliance training to their employees and assisting them during dawn raids.

MZM Legal's criminal compliance services include:

  • Designing criminal compliance programs.
  • Implementing compliance controls and guidelines
  • Internal investigations
  • Risk assessments
  • Integrity due diligence
  • Business partner / third party screening & management
  • Anti bribery / Anti-corruption training
  • Monitoring and review of compliance
  • Ombudsman services
  • Whistleblowing advisory

Leading the Practice

Mr. Zulfiquar Memon
Mr. Sherbir Panag